He might not be at OTAs yet, but there’s still been plenty of buzz generated at the Bucs facilities with the signing of Ndamukong Suh. There was a significant look of excitement on the face of coach Bruce Arians and a couple of other Bucs players when they got to share their thoughts for the first time since the acquisition of their new teammate.

“He’s a dominant player,” Arians said. “He’s got inside penetration and a good run stopper. I think he and Vita is going to be really tough to run the ball to to their side. I think it’s a great addition.”

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Jameis Winston will only have to face against Suh in practice, and he’s happy that’s the case. He commented on having a player of Suh’s caliber in Tampa Bay.

“I just know he’s a beast.” Winston said.” I’m happy to have a guy like that on our side.”

While the addition of Suh affects the Bucs as an entire team, it will also have a direct impact on Vita Vea. Coming into his second year, Vea got to learn from Gerald McCoy and Jason Pierre-Paul, and will get the chance to pick up information from Suh as they line up next to each other on each play.

“You can learn a lot,” Vea said. “Sometimes you just got to sit there with your paper and pen and just try to take notes from someone of his nature. We did it with Gerald and JPP last year, so it will be nice to do it with him now.”

Some have compared Vea to Suh with having similar styles of play. Though Vea can see a couple of comparisons, he’s still got a long ways to go before being in the same conversation.

Bucs DT Vita Vea
Bucs DT Vita Vea – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I feel like there’s a lot of similarities,” Vea said. “He’s a really powerful guy, he’s a great player, I’m still at the beginning of my game so I don’t know if I can compare myself to him yet. He’s got some years on me.”

One player that has a history with Suh is offensive lineman Evan Smith. Smith was infamously on the receiving end of the stomp given by Suh on Thanksgiving of 2011 when Suh’s Lions took on the Smith’s Packers.

Fast forward eight years later and now they are on the same team. Smith assured though there will be no problems now, stating that it was year’s ago and they’re only goal now is to win football games.

“It was like eight-nine years ago, something like that,” Smith said. “I’m not keeping count. I’ve played him multiple times before that, it is what it is. I’m out here to win football games, we’re here to win, that’s it. We get paid to do a job, if he’s here, that’s what it is.”

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Winston, I just know he’s a beast, you want guys like that on your side. I don’t believe I remember anyone ever saying that about McCoy, he’s a beast. Great first step, great player, but never, you want him on your side in a dark alley. Bruce wants guys who play with a nasty edge, no more Mr. Nice Guy.

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  2. I’m looking forward to see how Vea improves this year.

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  3. Amazing! Evan Dietrich-Smith is still getting stepped on after all these years.

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  4. Gotta love Evan Smith’s comment! Simply acknowledging it, not like he’s gonna take Such out to dinner!!!! LOL

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  5. … not gonna take SUH out to dinner…

    Hate Auto Correct……

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  6. Dman, same here.

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  7. McCoy bidding war heating up! Who will win the sweepstakes??

    My guess is NOT the Ravens…
    https://ravenswire.usatoday.com/2019/05/28/why-the-ravens-shouldnt-sign-gerald-mccoy/

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  8. Vita Vey Need to take a humongous leap this year. Not sure he will do it. We shall see. Suh has the rep of being one of if not..the dirtiest player in the NFL. He gets lotsa penalties because of it. I’ve yet to hear one LA player say they are going to miss him or his play. There’s reasons he was not selected by other NFL teams after last season. Again, we shall see. I’m not yet sold on our D line. we still need improvement. Thats right..I said it!

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  9. Suh, Vea, David, the rookie; We won’t be run on up the middle anymore!

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  10. @twspin Again, Suh only had two more penalties than McCoy last year, even though he played in 5 more games when you include the playoffs.

    Vea was a beast last year. I don’t know what you were watching, but I saw him beating double teams, tossing offensive lineman out of his way, and tackling ball carriers with punishing force. Quit hating.

    McCoy is gone. His bidding war never started. He isnt coming back. THANK GOD.

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  11. Aaron Donald went from like 11 Sacks or something like that before playing next to Suh, all the way to 20.5 last year with Suh next to him. Donald doesn’t have to say anything to know he’s gonna miss Suh this year.

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  12. I hope one of them can play RG some. Our o line is bottom 5. Big mans game on both sides of the ball. We don’t run the ball, our QB holds the ball to long and his accuracy is not reliable. To much to overcome.

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  13. Im excited about signing Suh to our team, and the new coaching staff. But SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!! In other words Ill believe and be happy when we get into the playoffs. Have been a fan since the beginning 1976 and I have seen plenty of seasons that were promised to be winning seasons only to be disappointed over and over. I dont look at rosters or articles that claim that we are going to win, I wanna see it on the field. GO BUCS

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  14. I do Love how everything I read says a Magic number of 10 teams are interested in McCoy with an $11 million offer from “A team not in contention.” But I can’t find any names on these Magical Teams.
    Someone may be able to find a list but it sounds like a lot of Agent Talk to me, especially when he came out and said basically “Yeah but don’t let my Agents imagination worry you, I will take less than $10 million to play with a Contender” Cleveland apparently has boat loads of rolled over Salary Cap money and let him fly over to the Ravens anyways. Even if a list of team is found, a lot of times it’s a “Non Contender” Team doing the Agent a favor and making some ridiculous offer that will never be accepted only to try and set some kind of value on their Player. It’s all so ridiculous.

    I appreciated McCoy, especially in his first 6 years even though he always seemed to be out with a Biceps Tear. I hope he gets what he wants and stays happy and healthy, but so much Contract BS always seems to go on from the Agents and makes it such a dirty routine.

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  15. Vea was a beast Big sombreo? I will no longer have conversations with you. I can clearly see..you know not football. Only What YOU..want to believe. Put the pipe down sir! get help.

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